Ng Teng Fong General Hospital emergency dept nurse and spouse among new Covid-19 cases

Ng Teng Fong General Hospital said that while at work, the nurse had complied with Personal Protective Equipment guidelines and infection control measures and had not attended to any confirmed Covid-19 patients in the last 14 days.
Ng Teng Fong General Hospital said that while at work, the nurse had complied with Personal Protective Equipment guidelines and infection control measures and had not attended to any confirmed Covid-19 patients in the last 14 days.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - An emergency department nurse who had been working at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital is among 12 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Singapore on Wednesday (March 11), along with her husband.

The 35-year-old nurse and and her husband, 37, both Filipinos, are warded in isolation rooms at the hospital. They had both travelled to the Philippines recently.

The woman - Case 167 - tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday afternoon. She had been in the Philippines from Feb 11 to 17, started work on Feb 18, and had been at work before being admitted.

In a statement on Wednesday night, the hospital said that while at work, the nurse had complied with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines and infection control measures and had not attended to any confirmed Covid-19 patients in the last 14 days.

"Our nurse who had been at work since 18 February, was well and complied with daily temperature-taking and monitoring of health," said Mr Foo Hee Jug, chief executive of Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

However, she developed a cough on Sunday, and sought medical attention at the staff clinic the next morning.

She stayed at home until her swab result was confirmed on Tuesday, and was brought back to the hospital.

He added that the hospital had taken immediate measures, including reaching out to emergency department (ED) colleagues and would be monitoring the team closely.

All the common staff areas in ED such as the changing rooms, toilets, pantry, rest spaces and lifts had been disinfected, and contact tracing was underway, he added.

 
 
 
 

"We will continue with daily checks and audits on infection control practices and PPE compliance, and will remind all staff to adhere to measures to safeguard patients and fellow colleagues," he said.

The woman's husband, Case 178, had been to the Philippines twice last month, from Feb 11 to 19, as well as from Feb 23 to March 2 to visit a relative with pneumonia, who has died.

He was confirmed to have Covid-19 on Wednesday.

Among the 12 new cases announced by the Health Ministry on Wednesday, eight are imported, which means that they caught the disease overseas.

This is the largest number of imported cases Singapore has seen in a day and comes as many countries struggle to cope with the exponential rise of patient numbers.